This is an ode to Kalamkari (1).
Chanchala is her name. She came to me in 2012 when I went to Hyderabad, from Nalli’s. It’s a question I often ask myself, and now you… How is it that the softest of fabric with the coolest of feel and smart staying power can be obtained from a branded store for ₹ 500 ? What do those workmen at the printers get? If any of you know do tell me.
So I wore it on occasion, or on ordinary working days. I used the matching blouse, I chose to contrast it with a dark brown depending on my mood the several times I wore it, but I always felt very well dressed, very smartly turned out each time.
Her sister, Chapala, well… She’s another favourite, She’s 14/100! Photos: Kaushiki Roy
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